Chester County Press 11-09-2022 Edition

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Covering Avon Grove, Chadds Ford, Kennett Square, Oxford, & Unionville Areas

Volume 156, No. 45

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


Kennett Square Borough set to honor slain police officers on 50-year anniversary of murders By Chris Barber Contributing Writer On Nov. 15, a half century will have passed since Kennett Square Borough police officers Richard Posey and William Davis were shot down in the parking lot of the police station as they returned from night rounds. Next Tuesday night, borough officials will mark those 50 years since the killings with a 6 p.m. cer-


emony in the 100 block of East Linden Street, where the shootings happened. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and afterwards to meet with author Bruce Mowday, who recently released his book “Small Town Cops in the Crosshairs,” detailing the events of that early morning tragedy. Borough Mayor Matt Fetick said guests may park in the borough garage, accessing it off Union Street

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and onto Linden Street. The Pennsylvania State Police will provide an honor guard, and a memorial plaque will be presented. There will be limited seating. Fetick and Police Chief William Holdsworth are still in the process of planning the details, but the mayor said local elected officials and law enforcement members will speak. If it rains, the ceremony will be held inside the American Legion Hall.


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In other township business, the board approved the appointment of township Director of Finance and Human Resources Amy Heinrich as the chief administration officer of both the township’s non-uniform and uniform police pension plan. The board also approved the appointment of Shawn Knudson as an alternate to the township’s Planning Commission, and the appointment of Anne Verplanck as a member of the Planning Commission. Because of continuing mold issues at the Kennett Township Building, the next Board of Supervisors meeting will be be held on Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at the New Garden Township Building, 299 Starr Road in Landenberg.

The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors gave approval at their Nov. 2 meeting to enter the township into a grant application with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that will be used in the acquisition of open space in the township, under the designation of Kennett Woodlands and Trails. The board and the township’s Land Conservation Advisory Committee are currently partnering with the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance on the acquisition. Because the negotiations are on-going, the exact location and amount of property has not yet been disclosed, but township manager Eden Ratliff said that it would To contact Staff Writer be a “worthy” acquisition Richard L. Gaw, email for the township.

At 7 p.m., Mowday will present a lecture in the legion hall detailing the history and events that led to the killing and eventual conviction of sniper Ancell Hamm. He will also have copies of the book for sale, which he will sign. For Mowday, a prolific writer and former Daily Local News editor, the book is more than a tribute to the lives of the two men. He said, “The sacrifices of William Davis and

Richard Posey need to be remembered. When Schiffer Publishing asked me to research and write the book, I readily agreed. Continued on page 2A Courtesy photo

Author Bruce Mowday has written a book about the slaying of two Kennett Square Borough police officers and will present a lecture and sign copies of his new book,“Small Town Cops in the Crosshairs” during the Nov. 15 event.

FROM OUR LENS Happy Anniversary!

Along with a few of their staff, co-owners Sam and Jack Mavraj of La Verona celebrated the restaurant’s 11th anniversary last week at their location on State Street in Kennett Square. “They say that you have to find out what you love and then do it, and I love cooking, and making our customers happy,” Jack said. “When we moved here 11 years ago, it was a quiet town, but Kennett Square has grown over that time and we are very happy to be a part of it.”

Dr. Richard Winchester remembers forging a union at Lincoln University 50 years ago By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer Former Lincoln University professor Dr. Richard Winchester recently reflected on Oct. 19, 1972, when Lincoln University faculty and librarians overwhelmingly voted to form a union. In a historic election supervised by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, the tally was 78 votes in favor of the Lincoln University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (L.U.C./ A.A.U.P.) 6 votes for no agent, and 11 not voting. According to Winchester, “that huge margin of victory for L.U.C./A.A.U.P could only be interpreted as a repudiation of the Branson administration, or in the context of later history, the first vote of no confidence in Branson’s stewardship. Winchester has a long

and colorful history both locally and statewide as an advocate for equality. He recently served on the Oxford Borough Council, where he continued to champion for the disenfranchised population. When Oxford held a unity walk for George Floyd in June of 2020, it was no surprise to see Winchester and his wife, Connie holding signs and looking nostalgically at the Oxford Hotel. Winchester left his mark there as well. Neither are strangers to protests or walks. Both have spent their lifetime championing for the under-served. Connie Winchester is mostremembered for being the director of Neighborhood Services Center for many years. Winchester and his wife sat across the street from the Oxford Hotel where he and Lincoln University students had protested for a

week because black people were refused lodging in the hotel. That was 1961. When asked how long black people have endured racism and injustice, Winchester replied, “Since 1619 when the first slaves were brought to Jamestown and it has continued until now.” Sitting across from the hotel reminded him of going with Lincoln University students to the March on Washington, D.C. to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. He remembered the little children in the ghetto waving their American flags as their bus drove through. He remembered two weeks later when a bomb was thrown into a Birmingham church killing four little girls. “They were all dressed up for church. They were all killed. That was a dramatic punctuation on the March on Washington,” he said. “So many things have

happened and no one was filming them. And it continues to this day.” And to this day, Winchester continues to remember every detail of how coming to Lincoln University changed the life of both he and his wife Connie, who still brings a sparkle to his eye. He had graduated from Ursinus College and admitted, “The history I learned there was not about black people, women or indigenous people.” His first experience with Lincoln University was when he went to the university to hear author Richard C. Wade speak about his book “Slavery in the Cities: The South 1820-1860.” “I travelled to Lincoln University to hear him talk in the chapel,” Winchester explained. “As I listened to the Lincoln students, I was so impressed with them. They went toe to toe with

Wade, asking challenging questions. From that day on, I was so impressed with the university. I was also very impressed with Richard Wade and his recent book. That evening really influenced my life. The book was a breaking story in that period of time, the late 50s. Wade later introduced me to Marvin Wachman, president of Lincoln University. When I met Wachman, I wasn’t even thinking about working there. I didn’t even have a resume put together. I didn’t go prepared to stay for 39 years, but I did.” Although Winchester doesn’t want this story to be about him, understanding the man, is relevant to the formation of the union at Lincoln University. At the time, he didn’t know, what he didn’t know. And Lincoln University opened up his world. He is quick to point out that there were Continued on page 3A




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Local News Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce helps welcome Cypress Veterinary Clinic to the community A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Cypress Veterinary Clinic took place on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce joined with friends and clients to welcome the new business and resource to the southern Chester County community. Dr. Laura Johnson founded Cypress Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2022.

She has been involved with veterinary medicine for over 25 years, and her experiences range from working as a technician, to working in a 24-hour emergency and general practice hospital and working locally in Southern Chester County before opening her own veterinary clinic. Dr. Johnson received her bachelor of sciences degree in agriculture from the University of Delaware

and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional interests include internal medicine and emergency/critical care. She is excited to be able to offer compassionate veterinary care in Kennett Square. The clinic offers full diagnostic and comprehensive care, including but not limited to preventative care, soft tissue surgery, dental prophylactic care and surgery,

digital and dental X-ray, inhouse laboratory, day-time emergency/urgent care and hospitalization and select end-of- life house calls. “We are proud to welcome Cypress Veterinary Clinic to Southern Chester County,” said Cheryl Kuhn, the Chamber’s President & CEO. “We are grateful for Dr. Laura and her staff for bringing their compassion and love of animals to our growing community.”

Murders... Continued from Page 1A

“In a sense, the murders of the two Kennett Square policemen marked the end of innocence in small town America.” Mowday has previously written the very popular and eagerly received book “The Jailing of the Johnston Gang.” Members of that gang were committing crimes and murders locally in southern Chester County in the 1960s and 1970s. For many people who are too young to remember or who have arrived as residents in the meantime, the severity of the events is either a brief paragraph in borough history or something they have not even heard about. For those who were present as adults at the time and felt the shock to the community, however, the memories

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The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce helped welcome Cypress Veterinary Clinic to Kennett Square with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening celebration in October.

are vivid. Barber shop proprietor Bob Burton said he remembers that cold, damp day in mid-November 1972. When he first arrived at work in the morning, he said not many people knew what had happened, but the word got around fast. “In those days, everybody in town knew each other. There was anxiety in the town, knowing there was a murderer. But it wasn’t like they were all going to go hide under their porches,” Burton said. Burton knew both officers, had cut their hair, and was called upon before their funerals to groom them. On that fateful day in 1972, Sandy Bertrando, who was then a young mother, was returning from an appointment later in the morning. She said she was puzzled because the town was surrounded by police cars, and

she couldn’t get in. “I called my father [“Sam” of Sam’s Sub Shop] and he told me what had happened. … I sensed there was a stunned silence in the town,” she said Bill Taylor, of Taylor Oil, then an ascendant young businessman, was living on Marshall Street at the time. He said he was in bed and heard the gunshots. His wife was awakened by the noise as well, and told him she thought a truck had backfired. Taylor said, “I told her that was no backfire. I’m a hunter and I know what a rifle shot sounds like. All those folks on Linden Street heard it, too, and the police interviewed them all.” Hamm, the suspect, was found guilty after a lengthy trial and remains in prison. In a letter to Mowday, he maintains his innocence to this day.

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many co-workers along the way that were so important to the formation of the union at this historically black college. It was also a teachable moment to the students there. Winchester remembered, “It was1970 and Milton Shapp was the Governor of Pennsylvania. He pushed legislature enabling educators to form unions. An off-shoot of this was that public schools began to unionize in 1971.” Winchester continued, “I was involved in researching how to form a union. I went to workshops and learned how to organize a campaign. I remember the meeting our faculty had at the Red Fox Inn. I remember the passionate speakers. By the end of the evening, we had enough votes to move forward with becoming unionized.” Lincoln faculty members were busy that fall sending out newsletters to colleagues and keeping them posted. Winchester explained that he was amazed at exactly how and why President Branson had alienated so many of Lincoln’s professionals in so short a period of time. “The staff Branson inherited was mostly conservative,” Winchester explained. “Only a minority had participated in the protests of the 1960s. Those staff still around in 1972 who had been outspoken for civil rights in the previous two decades were professors Cornwell, Gardner, Rivero, Jones, Rudd, Stevens,

Farrell, Murray, Pierce, Bellone, Wimbish, Putnam, Smith, Frankowsky, Gunn, Russo and W.T.M Johnson, Winchester said. Winchester had protested with all of them and continued to be amazed at how many and how quickly they had all become so disenchanted with Branson’s stewardship. It was the same group, not quite one-fifth of Lincoln’s total faculty, that formed the nucleus of the local A.A.U.P. chapter. In 1971, Lincoln was not yet a state-related university and, as only a state-aided institution, stood last in line for any state dollars. So it was not much of a surprise, with rising faculty concern, L.UC./A.A.U.P. adopted two resolutions at its meeting on May 12, and Paul Russo transmitted them to the faculty and to the President on May 14, 1971. Resolution 1 was: The A.A.U.P. chapter of Lincoln University expresses its concern that Article III, Section 2 of the faculty by-laws, stipulating that written notification of reappointment (stating rank) be made by May 1, has not been observed in 1971. The A.A.U.P. requests the President to share with the faculty at its next meeting (May19) the financial concerns that prompted this departure from the by-laws. Resolution 2 was: Whereas the fifty-seventh Annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors has on April 17,1971 passed a resolution entitled “Faculty Participation and Financial Exigency” which calls

upon universities to insure adequate faculty participation in the decision making that results from the necessity of major budgetary reductions: And whereas the faculty by-laws of Lincoln University stipulate that the faculty be informed of important developments affecting the educational work of the university, including annual budgets; The A.A.U.P. of Lincoln University therefore asks the President, in the case that a situation of financial exigency develops, to establish procedures of consultation with the faculty to insure the faculty a meaningful voice in decisions regarding the need, the areas and methods of emergency retrenchment.” Failure of the administration to act on the by-law amendments deepened the faculty’s apprehension. But that was nothing compared to what was coming: no salary increases. And Paul Russo was given notice on non-reappointment. Obviously, the union didn’t happen overnight. And it wasn’t just Lincoln University that was looking for change. There were numerous colleges and universities across the nation seeking more. Student and faculty reaction to the deaths at Kent and Jackson State Universities shut down many colleges and universities in the spring of 1970, including Lincoln, Winchester said. When the fall semester began, the call for law and order grew louder and many administrators were determined to

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Connie and Dick Winchester still champion the under-served and the disenfranchised.

tighten their grip. Activists around the country in the professoriate responded by expressing a growing interest in collective bargaining. It was a long battle. Administration and trustees tried to stop the movement and when that didn’t work, they repeatedly tried to slow them down. Laws changed and collective bargaining could not be held back forever. Paul Russo, the assistant professor of history, was the A.A.U.P president for the year 1970 to 1971 and he continued even as his job was threatened. Collective bargaining was not going away. Meetings were held and time and time again the A.A.U.P. was met with delays. In October of 1971, Russo was replaced as president of the A.A.U. P. by Don Pierce and the battle continued.

In the end L.U.C./A.A.U.P geared up for a campaign. On Oct. 19, in spite of battle after battle, delay after delay the campaign was successful. When final votes were counted, it was a resounding victory. The win received national attention. After the 14 state-owned institutions, Lincoln had the second unionized faculty in the Commonwealth, and the first A.A.U.P. union in Pennsylvania. Today it remains one of only two stand-alone Historically Black College or University in the county to embrace collective bargaining. Once there was a union, then it was on to negotiating a contract. Winchester summed up the outcome of organizing a union by saying, “it is not for the faint hearted. The costs, physical, emotional and economic, are

large, indeed. Whenever possible, unions in higher education are to be avoided; they are to be used only as a last-ditch defense against arrogant administrations and clueless trustees.” He continued, “The university’s leadership invited a union, and there was enough stamina on the campus to take up the challenge. At significantly personal sacrifice, the faculty said no to abusive power.” Dr. Winchester continues to write about Lincoln University as he prepares a memoir on his time at Lincoln. Stay tuned for the publication of that book. Meanwhile, Winchester and his wife Connie have left an indelible mark upon this community. Both continue their fight for equality and hope to see it in their lifetime.




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Helping them fight the war inside of them “The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.” ― Robert Koger, author At the last five-year count, 26,000 residents living in Chester County have performed military service – about six percent of the county’s population – which means that 94 percent of the 541,000 people who live in this county have absolutely no concept of being halfway around the world in a silent cocoon made of inconceivable fear of the moments that lay in front of them and the trauma of what came before. They have never tasted the same air over Saigon or Beirut or Kabul. They have never had to justify atrocity in the name of duty, or ask their God to help them find nobility in the endless madness of a mission. Even the vast capability of their wildest imaginations cannot invent what a veteran has seen, so it is no wonder that for generation after generation, our military men and women have chosen to hold close to their nightmares, because who among these civilians would possibly understand them? It is their unspoken conversation, rarely shared. Thankfully, Chester County veterans have a bounty of resources to choose from that provides them with the first steps of starting that conversation. As we honor these men and women this Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Chester County Press is proud to share the names of some of these organizations, and the work they do. The Chester County Veterans Affairs provides support for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veteran Services connects veterans with several government agencies and nonprofit organizations at the federal, state, and local level. These services include veteran benefits assistance, services for veterans with disabilities, and information about medical care, insurance, and education benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also provides veteran services in West Chester. For more information, visit or call 610-344-6000. Serving families in Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program provides comprehensive supportive services to low-income veterans who are currently experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of losing their leased homes. The SSVF provides eligible households with outreach, assessment, case management, advocacy and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include housing counseling, legal support, credit repair, financial planning services, and time-limited, temporary financial assistance. The SSVF is located at 797 E. Lancaster Avenue, Suite 12, Downingtown, Pa.19335. To learn more, contact 610-384-8387, or email CMDInfo@VMCenter. org. Legal Aid of Southeastern PA’s Veterans Advocacy Project (LASP) provides client-centered, trauma-informed, culturally-competent legal services to veterans experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, income insecurity, and those living with disabilities in our community. The LASP can assist a veteran regardless of how long they served, component of service (active, reserve, National Guard), or discharge status. LASP can help veterans with VA benefits, military discharge upgrades and provide legal aid. To learn more, visit, or call LASP’s Veterans Advocacy Helpline at 610-283-0884. This past June, the Lincoln’s Promise Food Pantry – a collaboration between the Chester County Food Bank and the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) – opened its doors to help veterans who are finding it difficult to maintain adequate food supply for themselves and their families. Organizations and individuals looking to donate to the pantry may contact Voluntary Services at 610-384-7711, extension 4228, or to schedule a private appointment, call 610-384-7711, extension 3728 to speak to a nutrition specialist. The VA Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reaching by calling 800-273-8255.

Opinion Chester County Commissioners proclaim support for veterans during ‘Operation Green Light’ Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announced, the County’s recognition of “Operation Green Light” a new initiative supporting veterans introduced by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and the National Association of Counties. In addition to presenting a proclamation recognizing Operation Green Light to County Director of Veterans Services Susan Price, the county is illuminating the façade of the Chester County Historic Courthouse in green from Nov. 7 to 13. Operation Green Light’s mission is to show support for veterans of all military conflicts, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and their families, and the resources that are available to assist them. “By shining a green light, we are expressing our profound gratitude for the sacrifices and contributions our veterans and their families made on the battlefield and at home,” said Price. “Chester County’s 24,000plus veterans deserve our support, and I encourage

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Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz (center), Josh Maxwell (right), and Michelle Kichline (left) present a proclamation for Operation Green Light to Susan Price, Director of Chester County Veterans Affairs.

everyone who lives here to also display a green light, to show our veterans and their families that they are seen and appreciated.” Chester County Veterans Affairs provides benefit information and application services to all veterans, their spouses, and dependents in Chester County, helping them to receive the veterans benefits they are entitled to under coun-

ty, state, and federal laws. The Department also maintains Chester County’s veteran graves registration record, distributes flags and military grave markers, and supports the veteran mentorship program for Chester County’s veteran’s treatment court program. Additional County services for veterans include the recording of military discharges by the Chester

County Recorder of Deeds Office, which safeguards discharge documents in the event of loss, misplacement or natural disaster; and a Veteran ID Program offering discounts to businesses throughout Chester County. For more information about the programs and services offered by Chester County’s Department of Veterans Affairs, visit www.

PA Chamber: Autonomous vehicle bill would put Pennsylvania’s economy in the driver’s seat The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry applauded state lawmakers for helping put Pennsylvania in the driver’s seat of innovation and economic opportunity by advancing a bill to the governor’s desk yesterday that will provide a regulatory framework for the testing and deployment of automated vehicle technology. “Pennsylvania has become a hub for tech investment and innovation, and this bill takes a giant step toward cementing us as a prime location for companies to design, build and export automated vehicles across the nation and around the world,” PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein said. “We’re grateful that the General Assembly recognized the long-term economic gains of pursuing this futurefocused policy and getting it to the governor’s desk.” House Bill 2398 aims to bring Pennsylvania in line with more than a dozen other states that have already legislated a pathway for automated vehicle production. Automated vehicle technology is cutting edge, becoming more widespread in its usage and expected to grow by leaps and bounds in the years to come. According to a Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce report, “Forefront: Securing Pittsburgh’s Break-out Position in Autonomous Mobile Systems,” this sector is expected to grow to a more than $1 trillion global market by 2026 – and the Pittsburgh region alone is estimated to capture 5,000 jobs and one percent of the

global market growth, with a $10 billion impact. Erie Insurance Vice President of Government Relations Mark Dombroski said, “As a business that has served companies and families in Pennsylvania and beyond for nearly 100 years, we’ve seen many new industries created in this state over the past century. We are pleased to see that as leaders in the technology and automotive sector work to test and deploy autonomous, selfdriving vehicle technology, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has developed legislation to ensure this happens safely and treats policyholders fairly. We applaud the work of Rep. Donna Oberlander, Senate Transportation Chairman Wayne Langerholc and their staff to produce a compromise that moves our state forward, and we thank the PA Chamber for its work to expand economic growth and opportunity.” The PA Chamber believes that a safe, modern and efficient transportation sector is essential to fueling Pennsylvania’s ongoing economic success, and automated vehicle technology is a major piece of the Commonwealth’s future transportation puzzle. A recent report from the Brookings Institution warned that while Pennsylvania’s tech and innovation industry is booming, the state lags in job creation due in large part to unaccommodating public policy. Enacting progrowth legislation like H.B. 2398 will help bring our policies in line with where

industry is headed, support innovation and move our economy forward. “Safety is at the core of everything we do,” said Matt Blackburn of Aurora, a leading autonomous vehicle technology company headquartered in Pittsburgh. “This is an important step toward prioritizing both safety and innovation in Pennsylvania, and we thank Rep. Donna Oberlander, Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, Senate Transportation Chairman Wayne Langerholc, and all the legislators who helped secure passage of this important bill. This legislation will help the autonomous vehicle sector bring billions of dollars of economic value

to Pennsylvania in the coming years -- maintaining our region’s leadership, making roads safer, and building a more robust supply chain. We appreciate the PA Chamber’s continued commitment to helping Aurora and our industry deliver the benefits of self-driving technology.” “We thank the bipartisan lawmakers who made this pro-growth issue a top priority in the final days of session,” Bernstein said. “We’re now urging Governor Wolf to sign the bill, harnessing the opportunity that will keep our roadways safer and make our economy stronger – a winning combination for every Pennsylvanian.”


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Blue Demons to face Rustin in quarterfinals on Nov. 11

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Kennett quarterback Brett Kauffman engineered a second quarter scoring drive that led to the Blue Demons’ 7-3 victory over Methacton on Nov. 4, in the firstround District 1 5A Playoff action.

Kennett edges Methacton, 7-3, for first round playoff win By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer At the start of last Friday night’s District 1 5A Playoff game at Kennett Stadium, the scenario was largely a familiar one: an enthusiastic fan base was settling into their seats, the marching band was

hitting their full musical stride, and the sixth-seeded Blue Demons varsity football team was letting go of pre-game jitters prior to taking on 11th-seeded Methacton. There were only two Kennett football constants missing in the normal equation: star running back Julian Sparacino, who was out of

Following their victory, Kennett players sing the school’s alma mater. The Blue Demons will take on Bayard Rustin on Nov. 11, in the quarterfinal round of the District 1 5A Playoffs.

action due to a concussion; and running back David Lillis, who would not play because of an LCL sprain. Despite not having two of his key playmakers in the line-up, head coach Lance Frazier’s squad simply turned to his defense, which limited the Warriors to a secondquarter field goal in a hard-fought 7-3 win. The defensive performance by Kennett was not at all surprising; over the course of its five-game winning streak, the Blue Demons’ “D” has limited its opponents to just 24 total points, in what has been a “next man up” philosophy of shared credit. Methacton’s only scoring drive came after the Warriors inherited the ball on Kennett’s 19-yard line early in the second quarter. After runs by Wesley Conover and Tyler WeilKasper, Tyler Ready booted a 32-yard field goal with 9:56 left in the first half to give Methacton a 3-0 lead. In the closing moments of the first quarter, a 52-yard run by Tyler Weil-Casper gave Methacton great field position, and as the second

quarter got underway, the Warriors had the ball on Kennett’s 19-yard line. After short gains by Conover and Weil-Kasper was followed by an incomplete pass by Warriors’ quarterback Michael Wolbers, Tyler Ready booted a 32-yard field goal with 9:56 left in the half to give Methacton an early 3-0 lead. On Methacton’s next possession, Kennett’s Aiden Ritch and Aiden Zdebski shared duties in blocking a punt attempt that gave Kennett the ball on Methacton’s 28-yard line. Filling in for Sparacino and Lillis, sophomore Ian Guyer rushed to the 19-yard line. On third-and-one, quarterback Brett Kauffman found Luke Finfrock on a crossing route that took the ball to the 4-yard line, which was immediately followed by a 4-yard touchdown strike to Finfrock with 3:02 left in the half that put Kennett ahead for good, 7-3. While the remainder of the game was scoreless, it continued to shine the spotlight on what Kennett has done all season en route to the a 7-0 record and the Ches-Mont

American Division championship: Make big plays. Late in the second quarter, a punt attempt by Blue Demons punter Ryan Barker, the ball hit a Methacton special teams player and was recovered by Xavier McGreal. With 2:22 left in the third quarter, another Methacton punt was blocked, this time by Josh Barlow. The Blue Demons had another chance to extend their lead, but with 6:54 left in the game, a 38-yard field goal attempt by Barker was good, but was called off due to a penalty on Methacton. On the ensuing attempt from the 33-yard line, however, a poor snap botched the field goal attempt. With the win, the Blue Demons will travel to No. 3-seeded Bayard Rustin (6-1 in the Ches-Mont American and 9-1 overall) on Nov. 11 for a game that will determine who will roll on to the district semifinals. Rustin’s only defeat of the season came at the hands of Kennett, which beat the Golden Knights 24-14 on Sept. 16. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

Mystic Strike wins again at Pennsylvania Hunt Cup By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer One of the traditional highlights of the fall season in Chester County is the running of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Steeeplechases. Held on Sunday, Nov. 6, the 88th running of the Hunt Cup races took place under cloudy skies with warmer weather than race fans generally prepare for. Tailgating is always a favorite feature of race day, with tables of food and drink, and welcoming friends. Race-goers take tailgating seriously, and have since the early days of the event. In a nod to tradition, one of the features of the event is a parade of horsedrawn carriages. After driving down the race course, the horses are parked on the sidelines where their passengers enjoy tailgating in style while they watch the races. Organized by John Frazier Hunt of Chester Springs, the group of about a

dozen vehicles including five four-inhand coaches assembled at New Bolton Center for their drive to the races. “This really is fun,” said carriage driver Richard O’Donnell of East Fallowfield. “It’s a nice venue. Nobody is pushing anybody and everybody is having a good time. There’s no show ring so to speak. You go and enjoy the day. We’re here to enjoy the races, we’ll enjoy a picnic.” Another feature between the races was a presentation of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Fox Hounds. Steeplechasing and fox hunting go hand in hand and the hunting community supports the races in many ways. River Hills Fox Hounds provides outriders for the event who escort the race horses to the starting line and are stationed along the course to provide assistance if needed. “It’s sort of a thankless job, you do the best you can do,” said Joint Master of Fox Hounds James Paxson, who has been doing the job for more than 30 years.

The day’s events included three races over timber fences and a flat race without jumps as well as pony races and a field master’s chase for junior riders. The featured race of the day was the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, run over a 4-mile course for a purse of $35,000. It turned out to be a remarkable win for Mystic Strike, ridden by Gerard Galligan and trained by Todd McKenna, who came from running second to take over the lead in the final stages of the race. This is the third year in a row that 13-year-old Mystic Strike, owned by Upland Partners, has won the Hunt Cup. Owners of the winning horses are not the only ones who profit from the day of racing. Chester County Food Bank is the beneficiary of proceeds from the event. Over the years, the race committee has raised well over $1.15 million for charitable organizations in the community. Last year, the committee was able to donate $65,000 to the Chester County Food Bank.

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Obituaries RUTH EILEEN HAMMELL LEFEVER Ruth E. Hammell (Lesley) Lefever, of Kirkwood, Pa., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 31, 2022, while at home with family. She was 88. She was born on March 14, 1934 in Camden, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Reeve H. Hammell and Mary (Penhallow) Hammell of West Collingswood, NJ. She attended Collingswood Senior High School. She then attended Penn State University and received a degree in general science and home economics. While at Penn State, she met and married Hugh Lesley. They moved to the farm in southern Lancaster County to start a family and for her to teach in the Oxford Area School District. She taught for 27 years in the Oxford and Solanco school systems. She was preceded in death by her parents, her twin brother Rodney, her brother Robert, her sister Jean, her first husband, Hugh Lesley, and her second husband, James Lefever. She is survived by her four children, Kenneth Lesley (and Catherine Osman), Karen Lesley (and Ronald Rice), Eileen Scotten (and Michael Godra), and Peter Lesley. She is also survived by five grandchildren, David Lesley, Sarah Osman Lesley, Dwayne Hugh Scotten, R. Christopher Scotten, and Cheyenne Lesley. She has five great-grandchildren, Tyler Scotten, Jared Scotten, Landon Scotten, Olivia Scotten, and Sydney Fey.

Ruth was a life member of the Union Presbyterian Church. She directed the Junior Choir for 15 years. She sang in the Senior Choir, supported the church’s bookkeeping as treasurer, and was always available to support the church’s many ministries. She was an active member of the community. She belonged to the Soroptimist Club and the Octoraro Art Association. Her art was her passion. She enjoyed teaching arts and crafts to anyone who wanted to learn. She and Hugh built their house starting in 1960 from a picture she saw in Better Homes and Gardens. She was a self-taught house designer and stone mason, laying all the stones in the house herself with assistance from her husband and children. Ruth loved to travel. She had close friends in France and traveled to southeast Asia with her son and daughter-in-law. The cancer that finally claimed her life started when she was 42 years old. She never let cancer control her. Despite its many returns, she always kept a positive attitude. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Union Presbyterian Church, 5637 Street Road in Kirkwood, Pa., where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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MARIE H. SPENCER Marie H. Spencer, of West Grove, peacefully passed away on Oct. 31, 2022. She was 97. She was the wife of Bryan Spencer, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage until he passed away in 2000. She was was born on May 17, 1925 to parents Mary Kelly and Irving Chambers. Marie grew up in Hockessin, Del. Marie is survived by one daughter, Judy Hoopes and her husband Richard of West Grove; three grandsons, Bryan Hoopes and his wife Gwen, Kevin Hoopes and his wife Lauren, Eric Hoopes and his wife JoAnne; two great grandchildren Logan Hoopes and Jordon Hoopes, and several nieces and nephews. Marie was predeceased by eleven brothers and sisters. She retired as a fabricator from NVF in Kennett Square. She and Bryan loved spending time at their cottage on the Elk River, something she enjoyed doing up to this year. Through the years, she hosted many parties and reunions, was an avid decorator for the seasons and holidays, and her favorite pastime was baking delicious desserts to share with her family and friends. Most importantly she loved her family very much and loved spending time with them. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank all her caregivers for their dedicated and loving care over the past year. You are invited to visit with her family and friends from 8:30 to 9:45 on Saturday morning, Nov. 12 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 300 State Road, West Grove. Her Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Ashland, Del. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

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Local News The Magic of human scale: The potential of Kennett Square’s alleyways, courtyards, and innerblocks Urban designer and author Thomas Dougherty will speak at the next How We Build Matters Speaker Series event on Thursday, Nov. 17. Dougherty will talk about the potential of human-scaled infill development along Kennett Square’s alleys and innerblock spaces. Bee space and human space Bees, unlike humans, know exactly how much space they need to function and thrive. “Bee space” was first recognized by Philadelphia minister Lorenzo Langstroth, creator of the Langstroth hive, in 1851. If a gap in a hive is larger than 3/8 inch, bees will fill it in. “While we in the twentyfirst century know intimate details about the habitats of

other species, we haven’t studied the kind of habitat where humans flourish—and our gut tells us that new development certainly isn’t it,” said Dougherty. There’s a growing awareness of the detrimental human and environmental impact of supersizing everything from our burgers to our cars. The same can be said of our built environment. Solving this problem, Dougherty said, starts with understanding the fundamental concept of human scale. Human-scale spaces satisfy our ineffable cravings for beauty and a sense of belonging, but the art of creating them also relies on scientific findings and results in a kind of natural sustainability that leaves space for other species to survive and thrive, too.

The art and science of human scale Acorn Street, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, is the most photographed street in America. What is it about this narrow, non-continuous pedestrian laneway that draws people in? It’s more than cobblestones and historic architectural details, Dougherty explained. There’s an intimacy, a sense of safety, and an unspoken invitation to the pedestrian. “We know it when we see it, but it’s hard to put into words how these spaces make us feel,” he said. Dougherty’s wife Rose, who is originally from the Netherlands, describes this feeling as gezelligheid. While there’s no direct translation, it encapsulates the

sense of “belonging” and “the feeling of home” that places like Acorn Street, or Philadelphia’s Elfreth’s Alley, elicit. But human scale is about much more than a feeling. “Humans are hard-wired for human scale,” Dougherty said. He draws on the research and writings of Ann Sussman, Andres Duany, and many others in his own study and practice creating spaces designed for human flourishing, will unpack and illustrate this concept with examples from around the world in his talk. In simplest terms, human scale is what determines that stairs have a seven-inch rise and doorways are 80 inches high. These dimensions reflect the average capacity of


OSBORNE ELTON MORAN Osborne Elton Moran, 82, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 28, 2022 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Everett and Mildred Greer Moran. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Osborne attended St. John’s United Methodist Church in Elkton, Md. He retired from the Chester Water Authority in 2002 and was a member of the Ancient Order of Croaking Frogs in Quarryville. Osborne was a dedicated family man and enjoyed blue grass music, playing banjo and liar’s poker. He loved his cat, Sweety. He was affectionately known as “Pa Paw” by family and friends.

He is survived by his son, Theodore O. Moran, Sr. of Oxford; two grandchildren, Theodore O. Moran, Jr and Sara Agnes Moran; and four sisters, Cecelia Ranck of Quarryville, Elma Dean of West Grove, Elizabeth England of Oxford and Linda Crowl Oxford. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Everett Moran and three brothers, James Moran of Christiansburg, VA, Robert Moran of Oxford and Dave Moran of Oxford. A Celebration of Life Service will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Oakryn Hall, 569 Nottingham Road in Nottingham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brandywine River Valley Home Health & Hospice, 121 Bell Tower Ln, Oxford, PA 19363. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

human beings to interact with objects around them. Humanscale buildings, streets, and neighborhoods are designed with the same kind of intentionality. What Dougherty and others working in this field want to create for our towns and cities are designs that provide human space for human thriving. Dougherty, founding principal of Innerblock Design Studio, lives in West Chester. He brings a wealth of experience and years of study and thoughtful reflection to his How We Build Matters presentation. He grew up on a

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AGNES MARIE SHEEHAN Agnes Marie Sheehan, a resident of Kennett Square who formerly resided in Drexel Hill, Pa., passed away on Oct. 25, 2022 at Friend’s Home in Kennett Square. She was 92. Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Timothy Sheehan and the late Mary Ann (Hannon) Sheehan. Agnes enjoyed drawing and coloring as a hobby. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and word puzzles. During her career, she worked as a secretary for Smith, Kline, and French. Agnes was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Drexel Hill, Pa. Agnes is survived by her brother, Paul Sheehan and his wife, Joan, of Media, Pa. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Theresa Mary Sheehan and her brother John Sheehan, Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Nov. 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery, 235 Matsonford Road, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) of Kennett Square. To view her online obituary, please visit




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Supervisors of Penn Township, Chester County, PA, to continue the appointment of Ronald R. Woodworth, Certified Public Accountant to audit the books per Resolution 2000-01 for the year of 2022. BY THE ORDER of the Penn Township Board of 11p-2-3t Supervisors 260 Lewis Road Grove, PA., Caitlin A. ESTATE NOTICE West Ianni, Secretary ESTATE OF Howard E. Hamm, 11p-9-1t late of East N ot t ingham Township, Chester County, NOTICE Deceased. Letters Testa- NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN mentary on the estate of the that Oxford Borough Council, above-named Howard E. Hamm Chester County, Pennsylvania, having been granted to the at a public meeting scheduled undersigned, all persons having on Monday, November 21, claims or demands against the 2022, commencing at 7:00 p.m., estate of the said decedent are to be held at the Borough Build10p-26-3t requested to make known the ing, 1 Octoraro Alley, Oxford, and all persons indebted Pennsylvania, will conduct a ESTATE NOTICE same to the said decedent to make public hearing to consider and Estate of Mary Lou Snyder, Late possibly enact an ordinance of Downingtown, Caln Town- payment without delay to: Danielle Nicole Dean, Executrix, amending Chapter 5, Code ship, Chester County, PA. c /o Attorney: Winifred Moran Enforcement, of the existing LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been Sebastian, Esquire, 208 E. Code of the Borough of Oxford, granted to the undersigned, Locust Street, P.O. Box 381, the caption and summary of who request all persons having Oxford, PA 19363, Phone: 610- which follows. The ordinance can be examined at the Chester claims or demands against the 932-3838 11p-2-3t County Law Library, 201 West estate of the decedent to make Market Street, West Chester, NOTICE known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to The Supervisors of Penn Town- Pennsylvania and the Borough make payment without delay to ship, Chester County, Penn- Building at the above address Eve Redmond, 930 Stargazers sylvania have prepared the during regular business hours. Rd, Coatesville PA, 19320 , proposed budget for 2023. Copies of the ordinance may be This budget will be available obtained at a charge not greater Executrix. 11p-2-3t for public review beginning than the cost thereof. Nov. 3, 2022 at the Penn AN ORDINANCE OF THE BORESTATE NOTICE on OUGH OF OXFORD, CHESESTATE OF Helen B. Downing Township Municipal Building. TER COUNTY, PENNSYLVAlate of Kennett Square Borough, The proposed budget will be NIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 5, Chester County, Deceased. Let- adopted on December 7, 2022 CODE ENFORCEMENT, PART ters Testamentary on the estate at the Penn Township Municipal 2, PROPERTY MAINTENANCE of the above named, Helen B. Building, 260 Lewis Road, West CODE, TO ADOPT THE 2021 Downing having been granted Grove, PA 19390. Caitlin A. INTERNATIONAL PROPERto the undersigned, all persons Ianni, Secretary 11p-9-1t TY MAINTENANCE CODE; having claims or demands AND AMENDING CHAPTER NOTICE against the estate of the said 5, CODE ENFORCEMENT, decedent are requested to make It is the intent of the Board of PART 3, RESIDENTIAL STANDARDS, TO COMPORT WITH THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE %GNGDTCVKPI [GCTU CODE, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF OXFORD. SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 5, Code Enforcement, Part 2, Property Maintenance *GCVKPI *QV 9CVGT )CU .QIU Code, §201, Adoption of Prop)GPGTCVQTU CPF OQTG erty Maintenance Code, to replace “International Property E S TAT E O F D O M I N I C K DiFILIPPO, DECEASED. Late of London Grove Township, Chester County, PA. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to NORMA R. DiFILIPPO, EXECUTRIX, 523 E. Baltimore Pike, West Grove, PA 19390, Or to her Attorney: ANITA M. D’AMICO, D’AMICO LAW, P.C., 65 S. Third St., Oxford, PA 19363

known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay to: Frank E. Bush, Jr., Executor, c/o Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire, 208 E. Locust Street, P.O. Box 381, Oxford, PA 19363, Phone: 610-932-3838

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PLAINTIFF: U.S. Bank Trust National Association, not in its Individual Capacity but Solely as Owner Trustee for RCF 2 Acquisition Trust c/o U.S. Bank Trust National Association VS DEFENDANT: Rhonda M. Ham & Jerry L. Ham SALE ADDRESS: 3626 Upper Valley Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365 P L A I N T I F F AT T O R N E Y: ROBERTSON, ANSCHUTZ, SCHNEID, CRANE & PARTNERS, PLLC 855-225-6906 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time of the on-line sale. Payment must be made via Bid4Assets. The balance must be paid within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale via Bid4Assets. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 10p-26-3t

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By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the hereindescribed real estate will be sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, December 19, 2022. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter.

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the hereindescribed real estate will be sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, December 19, 2022. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter.

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designer for some of the most innovative and forward-thinking development projects across the country. He holds masters degrees in architecture and in architectural design and urbanism from the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. Seeing inside the block: The potential of Kennett Square’s alleyways Dougherty, who has written a book called “The American Alley: A Hidden Resource,” said Kennett Square has a rich and underutilized resource in its alleys—and they’re one of the best starting places for creating human scale. “Walking the alleys in town gives you a different perspective—an insider’s perspective, if you will— on community life and the possibilities of built environment,” said Kennett Collaborative executive director Bo Wright. Anyone who has walked Church or Sycamore alleys between East Cypress and East

Mulberry Streets, for example, or Knights Alley, which intersects the block formed by Magnolia and West Mulberry Streets and joins Center Street to Schoolhouse Alley—or Filbert, Chestnut, or Batchelor alleys—will have experienced the quiet and often untapped potential of Kennett Square’s laneways. A street doesn’t have to have been built over a hundred years ago to impart that quality of magical charm, said Wright. “Thomas’s way of describing human-scaled places is paradigm shifting. Human scale is different and more attractive than old buildings. So many people in Kennett think they like the uptown area because of the old buildings. What they’re actually drawn to is the scale of the place.” It’s particularly important to understand scale in a place like Kennett Square, said Wright, where in a finite square mile it can be difficult to imagine where new places can be built. “When we see space through the

lens of human scale, we see what’s possible. We don’t necessarily need a big parcel of land like the NVF site to build something special. We can create whole worlds in parking lots.” Human-scale places are being built around the country and quickly becoming as popular as the quintessential Acorn Street. Charleston’s new Catfiddle Alley, which incorporates 17 homes on a single acre, for example, has been praised as breathtakingly beautiful and magical. “It all comes back to design,” said Wright. “The most beautiful towns and cities around the world have been built to human scale— with a keen eye to the finest details of scale, orientation, and context.” Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, are one of the possibilities that alleys provide. “Some lovely examples of ADUs have been built in the borough over the years,” said Wright. “ADUs can help address the attainable housing challenges we face, and Thomas will help us look

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United Way of Chester County’s annual Live United in Music event raised $70,000 for its Community Impact & Innovation Fund. The sold-out event, presented by Citadel Credit Union, featured national recording artist Alexandra Kay. More than 200 guests gathered at Penn Oaks Golf Club to unite for the worthy cause of contributing vital support to United Way of Chester County in their fight for the education, health and financial stability of every person in Chester County. Guests enjoyed a bourbon tasting, line dance lessons, cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, live auction, as well as dinner and performance.

at what’s needed in Kennett to make progress on ADUs. ADUs are one of many small steps that could help create human-scaled places.” “Something that strikes us all the time at Kennett Collaborative is how much people in Kennett love Kennett,” said Wright. “This love of place is part of what makes this community so

Legals sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, December 19, 2022. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 22-11-321 Writ of Execution No. 2018-13390 DEBT $956,057.35 PLAINTIFF: Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee, on behalf of the registered Holders of Bear Stearns Asset Backed Securities I Trust 2007AC2, Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-AC2 VS DEFENDANT: Doretta Hubbard SALE ADDRESS: 37 Remington Way, West Grove, PA 19390

special. When you love a person, you want that person to grow and develop to their fullest, most beautiful potential. The same could be said when you love a place. We created the How We Build Matters Speaker Series to explore exactly that question—how we can work together so Kennett can become a beautiful and sus-

tainable community where everyone can belong and prosper.” The Kennett Collaborative’s How We Build Matters Speaker Series event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square, 211 S. Broad St. The event will be interpreted live in Spanish and also live-streamed.


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PUBLIC REAL ESTATE AUCTION Octorara Lake Area 8.1 +/- Acre Country Property w/ Woods & Stream 3 BR 2 1/2 Bath Ranch Style Dwelling ࡛ 2-Car Garage 44 Guns ࡛ Tools ࡛ Furniture ࡛ Households SAT. DEC 3, 2022 @ 8:30 AM ࡛ REAL ESTATE @ 12:00 NOON 1201 Spruce Grove Rd. Oxford PA 19363 - Lancaster Co.

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: HLADIK, ONORATO & FEDERMAN, LLP 215-855-9521 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time of the on-line sale. Payment must be made via Bid4Assets. The balance must be paid within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale via Bid4Assets. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 10p-26-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the hereindescribed real estate will be sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, December 19, 2022. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 22-11-328 Writ of Execution No. 2022-03871 DEBT $384,189.59 PLAINTIFF: Freedom Mortgage Corporation VS DEFENDANT: Brian M. Cross A/K/A B.M. Cross

Directions: Route 472 onto Spruce Grove Rd to property on left. Property Description: 8.1 +/- acre country property with 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath ranch style dwelling within walking distant to Octorara Lake. House has kitchen w/ island & dining room, 14’ x 22’ living room with bay window, master bedroom & bath and 2 additional bedrooms, full bath & laundry, full basement with 24’ x 25’ finished man cave/rec room with serving bar, wood stove & 1/2 bath. Also, features large workshop area and 2-car garage. House has oil fired hot air furnace & central air. Property has well and onsite septic, 12’ x 12’ screened gazebo & (2) stor. sheds. 44 Guns: Remingtons mod. 721 30-06 w/ Bushnell scope; Rem. mag. Express 12GA slug gun w/ K3 Weaver scope; mod. 31 12GA pump; Sportsman 12GA semiauto; mod. 12 .22 cal; Stevens/Savage 311E 16GA double barrel; Savage mod. 24V-A .222 cal. over 20GA; mod. 24V series D .222 cal. over 20GA; mod. 99 .300 cal. w/ Bushnell scope; mod. 110 .243 w/ scope; mod. 24D .22 over 20GA; Winchester mod. 98 bolt action w/ scope; Kings Improvement mod. 1879; mod. 67 .22 cal; mod. 97 12GA; mod. 67A .22 single shot; mod 190 .22 semi-auto w/ scope; Mossberg 12GA pump; mod. 395KA 12GA select choke; Sturm Ruger 12GA over/under; J C Higgins mod. 583.23 12GA bolt action; mod. 1017 16GA double barrel; (2) brand new Traditions Thunderbolt .50 cal. in-line muzzleloaders; Springfield-J Stevens Arms 20GA double barrel; Browning mod. 81 BLR .308 cal. lever action w/ scope; Marlin Original Golden 39AS .22 cal lever action; Marlin-Glenfield mod. 60 .22 semi-auto; Armsport 10GA double barrel; Sears Roebuck 20GA single shot; Hercules Montgomery Ward 410 single shot; Montgomery Ward Western Field New Model 12GA double Barrel; Riverside Arms 16GA single shot; Smith & Wesson mod. 916T pump shotgun; Long Tom 16GA single shot; Flussstahl Krupp Essan 16GA over 7.8MM; Glenfield mod. 75C .22 cal w/ scope; K-mart Corp 410 double barrel; Excelsior 12GA single shot; Danzig 1910 bolt action & German made break action rifle both unknown cal; (2) Unknown make 16GA double barrel; Unknown make 20GA & 410 double barrel. Open House Dates: Thursdays Oct 27 & Nov 10 from 4-6 PM And Saturdays Oct 29 & Nov 12 from 1-4:00 PM Terms: Down payment of $ 40,000.00 required day of auction. Settlement on or before Jan. 31, 2023, Transfer taxes to be paid by buyer. Real Estate taxes shall be prorated. Annual taxes +/- $ 4609.00 Attention Realtors: 1% Broker Participation being offered to Realtors who preregister with their buyers and who become the successful bidder on day of auction. Must register 48 hours prior to date of auction. pre-registration forms are available at Auctioneers Notes: An 8.1-acre Little Britain Twp. country property in Solanco School District that’s ideally located within walking distant to the Octorara Lake. This partially wooded property with a beautiful view has a great setting complete with small stream and large yard/pasture area. Property offers a lot of potential as gentleman’s estate or small farm for crops, produce, etc. Zoned R-1Residential. Check with Little Britain Township for permitted uses. Lots of items. Still unpacking. Gun, toy & knives lists online at

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AUCTIONEERS: Christ Taylor: (717)-371-1915 AU# 005421 Harold Martin (717) 738-4228 AA#019488 Sellers: William & Christine Hickey Estate Bill Hickey 484-368-7037 Attorney: Sam Goodley 610-998-1000




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